South Africa’s Jacob Zuma to hear corruption charges decision
South Africa’s prosecuting authority is to announce whether it will reinstate corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma over a 1999 arms deal.
Originally, the charges were dropped weeks before the 2009 election which led to him becoming president.
But last month, a high court judge described that decision as “irrational”.
Mr Zuma has always denied the allegations which are linked to an arms deal worth billions of dollars.
Judge Aubrey Ledwaba said the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) should consider re-opening the case.
The opposition Democratic Alliance asked the courts to review the 2009 decision after it got access to the evidence in the so-called “spy tapes” that led the chief prosecutor Mokotedi Mpshe to drop the case.
In 2009, Mr Mpshe said that the tapes – recordings of phone conversations between officials discussing the timing of the case against Mr Zuma – suggested that there was political interference in the investigation.
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